The International Space Station (ISS) has been in for a bumpy ride recently, with mishaps in supply deliveries meaning stocks are beginning to dwindle.
But on July 3 the unmanned Progress resupply spacecraft lifted off from Kazakhstan and all signs point to a successful connection with the ISS on July 5, as scheduled.
On June 28 a ship carrying cargo exploded just minutes after taking off from Florida, while an earlier mission ended in failure after a resupply craft entered the wrong orbit.
The three-person ISS crew has around four months of supplies on board. The station is expected to be returned to it’s full, six person capacity later in July.
NASA officials say if stocks of food and water dip to 45 days, some of the crew could be forced to return home.